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Yamamoto Senko Breakdown

Jul 26, 2022

The Yamamoto Senko is one of the most famous bass fishing lures ever created. This timeless bait was designed and created by the legend Gary Yamamoto himself in 1996. This legendary stick bait has been perfected, so much that it has not even changed since Gary Yamamoto first fine-tuned this lure on the waters of Lake Powell many years ago. Senkos have stood the test of time and are still leading the way as the best stick bait on the market. Yamamoto Senkos are so well known that when talking stick baits most people refer to the style of bait as a Senko.

Just looking at other companies stick baits and comparing them to a Senko visually some could almost be the same. No worries for Yamamoto Baits, the profile isn’t the key to the bait’s success. What separates a regular stick bait and a Yamamoto Senko starts with the plastic formula. Yamamoto plastics have been tuned for the perfect amount of salt, softness, and a very natural sink rate. Most of the competitors stick baits fall too fast, slow, or other issues. It is the perfect natural sink and wobble that the Senko has that makes the fish unable to resist a taste.

How to rig a Gary Yamamoto Senko

It is no secret that the Yamamoto Senko has serious fish catching powers. Regardless which way you choose to rig a Senko you will be catching fish. Some of my favorite ways to rig the Senko include Texas rigging, weightless Texas rig, jig worm, drop shot, wacky rig, Neko rig, and Carolina rig. The fish catching power and versatility of different ways to rig this bait is the reason that I keep one or more rigged up on my deck nearly every single time I’m out on the water fishing. Whether you are fishing shallow, deep, grass, rocks, docks or more these seven or more different ways of rigging your Senko should have you covered.

How to fish a Gary Yamamoto Senko

How you are going to fish a Senko is dependent on how you have chosen to rig your bait. Fish the bait to the technique you choose. Since this bait can be fished so many ways on either spinning or casting gear, there is no one perfect setup that will fit all techniques. In general the action of the bait comes from the bait falling. Cast your line out, let the bait sink to the bottom, pick it up off the bottom and repeat. I think the best way to truly see the Senkos true fishing catching power is with a wacky rig. Just cast it out and let it do its thing. When picking the bait up after letting it sink you can twitch the rod and this makes the worm shake then return to sinking. This technique paired with a Senko will put endless amounts of fish in the boat from 6 inches all the way to fish over five pounds. 

The Gary Yamamoto Senko is a classic, this is one bait that can be used across the country in any season with success. It’s a bait that can be found in professional anglers’ boats to a young kid’s tackle box. If you are looking to reload or add new baits to your arsenal look no further, Yamamoto Senkos are ready to roll and put in the work.

Hook Selection

Texas Rig: 3/0 Gamakatsu EWG Hook

Wacky Rig: #1 VMC Neko Hook

Colors

The best color for Yamamoto Senkos in my opinion would have to be green pumpkin. This same color has been my go-to ever since I started bass fishing as a kid. Here at Omnia fishing we offer 6 different size variations of the classic Senko in a wide variety of Yamamoto colors to choose from.

Sizes

Yamamoto 3” Ned Senko

Yamamoto 3” Senko

Yamamoto 3” Senko Fat

Yamamoto 4” Senko

Yamamoto 5” Senko

Yamamoto 6” Senko

Yamamoto 3" Ned Senko

Colors:

Baby Bass
B Bug Grinder
Black w/Large Blue Flk
Electric Shad
Goby
Green Pumpkin/Black Flk
Green Pumpkin Magic
Plum Apple

Length:

3"

$5.99

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Yamamoto 3" Senko Worm

Colors:

Baby Bass
Black
Bubble Gum
Cream White
Green Pumpkin Magic
Pumpkin Black/Green Flake
Smoke Black/Purple Flake
Watermelon/Black and Red
Watermelon

Length:

3"

$4.99

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Yamamoto 3" Fat Senko

Colors:

Green Pumpkin/Green and Purple Flake
Green Pumpkin/Purple and Copper Flake
Watermelon/Blue Flake

Length:

3"

$6.19

Product Details
Yamamoto 4" Senko Worm

Colors:

Baby Bass
Black
Black and Blue
Blue Pearl/Silver Flake
Cinnamon Brown
Green Pumpkin Black
Natural Shad
Watermelon
Watermelon Black Flake
Watermelon Magic

Length:

4"

$7.29

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Yamamoto 5" Senko Worm

Colors:

Baby Bass
Black/Blue Laminate
Blue Pearl with Large Silver
Bubblegum
Cinnamon Brown
Chartreuse with Large Black
Chartreuse Shad
Cream White
Green Pumpkin Black
Green Pumpkin Blue
Green Pumpkin Magic
Green Pumpkin Purple Copper
Green Pumpkin & Watermelon
Green Weenie
Gooseberry Laminate
Midnight
Morning Dawn
Motor Oil with Large Red
Mowed Grass
Natural Shad
Perch
Plum Apple
Purple w/ Emerald Flk
Red Shad Laminate
Smoke
Smoke Rootbeer w/Grn & Copper Flake
Watermelon
Watermelon Moondust
Watermelon w/ Red and Green
Watermelon & White Laminate

Length:

5"

$6.36 – 7.49

Product Details
Yamamoto 6" Senko Worm

Colors:

Baby Bass
Black
Black and Blue
Chartreuse Black Flake
Green Pumpkin Black Flake
Green Pumpkin w/Green & Purple Flake
Green Pumpkin/Watermelon
Watermelon Black Flake

Length:

6"

$7.49

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